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Why Is French Door Called French Door?

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You may wondering, what is french door? And why it’s called french door?

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Back in the 1600s, the French people already had this great idea that can open a sunny passageway from the living room or see your garden from the kitchen while allow more light and air going through.

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In French, they are called portes-fenêtres which means “windowed doors”or “door-sized windows”. Because the Renaissance was greatly influenced by Roman architecture, there was a strong emphasis on light. It is said that the name comes from the fashion of building palaces with ground-floor galleries with rooms on one side and pillars on the other (in imitation of Roman villas. The gaps between the pillars are filled with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the parts that open are tall enough to step through.

These huge opening windows became known as french doors over time.

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French door (n.): A light-weight door, generally one of two, having glass panes that run the length of it.

Today, French doors come in a wide variety of styles, from uninterrupted panes of glass to ones crisscrossed with diamond-shaped grids. But no matter how the technique is improved, it still focuses on two things: light and air.

GID has been specialized in customizing the standard steel french doors and  thermal break steel french doors for our customers, with premium quality and impressive craftsmanship. The design is neat and perfect as a interior door or the exterior door to your garden or patio.

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